National Parks Amendment (Prohibiting Cattle Grazing) Bill 2015

Grazing The introduction of the National Parks Amendment (Prohibiting Cattle Grazing) Bill 2015 will amend the National Parks Act 1975 to prohibit cattle grazing for any purpose in in Victorian alpine and red river gum national parks. There are hundreds of scientific studies going back decades which have proved beyond any doubt that cattle grazing damages water catchments, spreads weeds, and threatens endangered species – grazing is not compatible with the core function of a National Park.

❝ Our national parks are for people to enjoy, not cows to destroy. The science is clear, cattle doesn’t reduce bushfire risk in alpine areas, and they damage the alpine environment ❞
— Environment Minister Lisa Neville

A good starting point for the “Hundreds of scientific studies going back decades”;

★ Australian alpine plant research, conservation and
management : Report of a symposium on Australian alpine plant research, conservation and management
Australian National Botanic Gardens 12 June 2014
https://www.anbg.gov.au/gardens/living/seedbank/2014-alpine-symposium-report.pdf

★ Vegetation change in the Pretty Valley alpine grasslands from 1945 to 2003: the influence of grazing on plant community succession
John Morgan & Pete Green. Department of Botany, La Trobe University, Bundora
http://www.aff.org.au/Morgan_Vegetation_change_in_the_Victorian_alps.pdf

★ Long-term Vegetation Change in Relation to Cattle Grazing in Subalpine Grassland and Heathland on the Bogong High Plains: An Analysis of Vegetation Records from 1945 to 1994
C-H.A. Wahuen, W.A. Papst and R.J. Williarns. Aust.J.Bot., 1994,42,607-639
http://secure.environment.gov.au/epbc/notices/assessments/victoria-alpine-national-park/pubs/b4-wahren-papst-williams-long-term-vegetation.pdf

★ Does alpine grazing reduce blazing? A landscape test of a widely-held hypothesis
Richard J. Williams, Carl-Henrik Wahren, Ross A. Bradstock and Warren J. Muller
https://theaustralianalps.files.wordpress.com/2013/12/fire-biodiversity.pdf

❝ That grazing did not reduce occurrence or severity of fire is consistent with previous research on shrub dynamics (little or no grazing effect on long-term abundance of taller shrubs), diet and behaviour of cattle (herbs and dwarf shrubs eaten; tall shrubs not eaten and closed-heath vegetation generally avoided), and fuel flammability (shrubs more flammable than grass). What ever effects livestock grazing may have on vegetation cover, and therefore fuels in alpine landscapes, they are likely to be highly localised, with such effects unlikely to translate into landscape-scale modifications of fire behaviour. ❞
Does alpine grazing reduce blazing? A landscape test of a widely-held hypothesis
Richard J. Williams, Carl-Henrik Wahren, Ross A. Bradstock and Warren J. Muller

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